Now that the Invisible Entente prequel novella and Death at Peony House are available, I’ve been getting some questions about the series, so I thought I would answer them here for you. It makes me happy to know people are engaging enough to ask them!
What inspired you to write the series?
Last fall, Cadis was about to wrap up, and I was thinking about what I wanted to do next. At the same time, I was binge reading Agatha Christie’s Poirot mysteries, novels and short stories. I’ve always enjoyed the way Christie weaves were tales. They’re funny, clever, full of twists and turns, and, of course, wrap up with the always fun round-table reveal.
I started to think about how I could use what I love about the cozy mystery style and combine it with my love of fantasy. That’s when the prequel novella came to mind. Seven supernatural creatures stuck trying to solve a murder, each one with a solid motive, none of them telling the full truth.
I’d outlined all the short stories in the prequel novella and realized how much more they had to offer, so the series evolved.
Where is New Haven?
The series is set in a fictional place on the Eastern Seaboard. While there are many New Havens in the various states around there, this one is based on none of them.
My New Haven is a tourist town of 100,000. It’s the sort of place you might drive road-trip to for the weekend to go antiquing or browse the quaint storefronts and scenery. The supernaturals of this world seem to have taken the name to heart and often stop here in their attempts to remain hidden in clear view.
How will the series be structured?
Each novel will follow one of the characters from the prequel novella, beginning with sorceress Daphne Heartstone in Death at Peony House. The books will be connected and set in chronological order, but for the most part can be read in any order without having anything spoiled or confusing.
Yes, I know the order in which the characters will be written (I’m currently outlining the final three books of the series).
No, I won’t tell you who’s next. Not outright, anyway. These are mysteries after all. But keep an eye out for the images I post of the characters’ nightcaps. The next photo will be the next character stepping into the spotlight If you’ve read the prequel novella, you should be good to guess most of them.
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